Thyroid and Parathyroid Center

OHSU Thyroid & Parathyroid Center


Surgical - Maisie Shindo, MD, FACS
Medical - Dana Madison, MD, PhD


The OHSU Thyroid and Parathyroid Center is designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated, streamlined care for patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases.  We provide multidisciplinary expertise that is unique in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  Our surgeons and endocrinologists work very closely to provide coordinated, comprehensive medical and surgical care.



  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Goiters
  • Hyperthyroidism (Graves' disease, toxic goiter)
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Parathyroid tumors
  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Hereditary endocrine diseases (Multiple endocrine neoplasia)
  • Cowden Syndrome
  • Genomic testing using molecular markers for personalized medicine


Our Surgeons

Dr. Maisie Shindo, Director of the OHSU Thyroid and  Parathyroid Center, has dedicated her career to the surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid diseases since 1991. Dr. Shindo has performed well over 4,000 thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, and is respected as one of the top endocrine surgeons in the United States. She also specializes in minimally invasive parathyroid surgery. What this means for the patients is less scarring with an outpatient procedure, often avoiding general anesthesia, and having a faster recovery. Her fellowship training in head and neck cancer surgery as well as microvascular surgery provided her with skills to surgically manage even the most extensive disease. She is well published in thyroid and parathyroid diseases and has given many lectures throughout the country and the world. 

Dr. Mira (Kresimira) Milas is a highly experienced endocrine surgeon who has dedicated her career to management of thyroid and parathyroid diseases. She is also recognized as one of the top endocrine surgeons in the country and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in head and neck ultrasound and molecular markers for thyroid cancer diagnosis. 

Our fellowship trained head and neck oncologic surgeons in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck are not only experienced in thyroid and parathyroid surgeries but are also experts in procedures related to surgical management of thyroid cancer, such as neck dissection, tracheal resection, examining the larynx, salivary gland dysfunction and voice rehabilitation.

Our Endocrinologists

Our endocrinologists provide a full range of diagnosis and treatment services to patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Dr. Dana Madison is the Co-Director of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, and is recognized as an expert in medical management of thyroid cancer, including radioactive treatment, as well as the medical evaluation of parathyroid diseases, its related bone loss and osteoporosis. He is board certified in Medicine and Endocrinology. In addition to an MD degree, he has a PhD in Biochemistry and has published his research on molecular mechanisms of tumor metastasis and transcription. Dr. Mary H Samuels, is a nationally well known endocrinologist with clinical expertise in thyroid cancer and thyroidology.  She has lectured extensively at national  thyroid conferences such as the American Thyroid Association.  Dr. Kathryn G Schuff, is also nationally known for her clinical research and clinical trials in thyroid cancer. She has contributed a great deal to development of clinical guidelines for the evaluation and management of thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.  The Thyroid Parathyroid Center physicians also work with Dr. Chaim Vanek and Dr. Robert Klein of the OHSU Bone and Mineral Clinic


Other Team Members

Management of patients at the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center is also complemented by members of other specialties, such as radiology, nuclear medicine, medical oncology, pathology, laryngologists, and radiation oncology.  

Matthew H. Taylor, MD is a medical oncologist who dedicates his clinical practice and research to treating advanced thyroid cancer. The OHSU Genetics team evaluates individuals with hereditary cancers/syndromes that also involve thyroid and parathyroid tumors, such as multiple  endocrine neoplasias and Cowden disease. Our pathologists have dedicated expertise in thyroid and parathyroid diseases. In addition, we offer personalized treatment based on genomic testing  using tumor molecular markers. This includes analysis of molecular markers on thyroid needle biopsy to assess specific cancer risk in individual tumors, which can avoid surgery for some patients. Our ultrasonographers and surgeons are highly experienced in ultrasound for thyroid and parathyroid disease and can perform  ultrasound guided needle biopsies (FNA). Our radiologists are also experts in reading CT scans, MRIs, PET scans and other nuclear medicine studies. The Center has an integrated approach to administration of radioactive iodine for thyroid cancer.




Ondrea Pritchett, RN


Nhumy Nguyen - Clinic Scheduler
Stephanie Bunke - Surgery Scheduler

Hyperparathyroidism: It's Not All in Your Head

Video: Maisie Shindo, MD speaks at a recent OHSU health expert seminar



How to Make an Appointment

Please contact our office regarding scheduling appointments. Prior to scheduling an appointment, our providers often need to review chart notes related to the reason you want to be seen in order to coordinate any additional tests they may need in order to make the most of your visit.  In some cases, we will require a referral from your primary care physician.  We would be happy to discuss this with you to ensure we have all we need to expedite the scheduling process.  Please contact us by phone or email to begin the process.

Phone: Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery Center  503 494-2544